Pros: Overall Quality, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Yea, Thou I Walk Thru the Valet of the Shadow of Death
I got my orange box a couple of days ago. I was ecstatic until I opened it and got my hands on the knife. F&F are good. The blade was centered. It would shave, albeit reluctantly, OOTB. I was extremely difficult to open and close. The action was gritty and jerky. I BlueLubed it with much of a salutory effect. Today, I found a YouTube video of Nick S taking one apart. His was as dry as the Sahara. He had quite a bit of difficulty reassembling it. (There was no editing of the video.) So. So. So. I found my Torx drivers and other stuff and took this apart. The is white threadlocker on it. There was BlueLube around the pivot and the washers, but really none was on them. I cleaned these. Lightly polished the washers with the white stone from my Sharpmaker. BlueLubed everything the needed it. And had a lot more trouble than Nick in my reassembling the knife. It is ever so much better. My rating now is 4. It is still not as smooth as my North River (I think that's the name). This will certainly be included in my rotation. But for the way it came. Shame on Benchmade. If you order a Benchmade axis lock from KC, ask them to check it so you don't get an escapee like I did. I bear no ill will towards KC. I'm about half way to another $50 rebate. This might be my last Benchmade. My first was the Barrage in M390. That's a great one.